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From June 12-Sept. 12, Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park is presenting its first full season of special events with appeal to visitors and residents alike. The waterfront gathering place has scheduled a summer of activities -- mostly outdoors -- that combine the arts, green living and a sense of community.
The season kicks off with the June 12 Celebrate Wildflowers festival, a family-friendly spree with live music, art making and park tours. It closes with the Salmon Return Festival on Sept. 11, with songs, contests, hands-on crafts and other fun for all ages.
Throughout the summer, clients can experience a range of weekly events at the park, from jazz and rock music performances to outdoor yoga and drawing. During each event, the park is following practices that are socially responsible and environmentally friendly.
In addition, clients can attend the park's farmers market each Thursday from July 15-Sept. 9 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Lining the park’s z-shaped pathway, it features more than 30 local farmers and vendors as well as chef demonstrations and wine tastings.
At the same time, the museum is installing five ephemeral works of art. West Coast artists Jenny Heishman, Andrew Dadson, Mungo Thomson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Whiting Tennis are working on site-specific pieces that will be on view in various areas of the park beginning June 12.
And, on Aug. 18 in the park's pavilion, Trenton Doyle Hancock is opening an ambitious new public installation combining large-scale sculptures, wall drawings and an interactive component.
The Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum. Up-to-date information and a complete calendar of summer events can be found on the museum’s online calendar.
Seattle Art Museumwww.seattleartmuseum.org